Actually, the chrome on these is holding up and staying shiny following the alcohol rinses.
I get a little confused with the comments, not knowing what applies to the OEM and what applies to the aftermarket ones. I get the impression that the OEM chrome is delicate - maybe vapor deposited - you touch it and it's ruined? From what I can tell, the aftermarket chrome is more like a paint or plating, and though in some ways would be considered inferior by designers, is not easily damaged simply by touching it. I don't know - this is based on nothing more than impressions - which could be wrong. Any help that might straighten out on my thinking on that would be appreciated. Be sure to specify if your comments apply to OEM or aftermarket - or maybe I'm wrong in thinking that they are that much different from each other (for the chrome parts).
Beyond the heating part, my concern is how to mask off the chrome without damaging it for when I spray the black. I may have to construct a floating barrier of tape, but not sure of potential for overspray drifting onto the chrome.
Originally Posted by paintballdude05
160 is a pretty safe temperature. 5 minutes is good for the first run, then go 3-4 after that because the lights are already hot.
By that, you mean 160 for 5 minutes, pry a little, then heat some more (3 or 4 minutes) and pry some more, repeat until separated?
I've used butyl rubber that you get at the hardware store as filler for adding extra sealer in the seam. I roll them into strings and insert them in before baking them together.
What form does that come in? Not tubes of glue? Some kind of chunks or solid form? Not something you buy in the auto parts stores?
I've had a similar experience with special headlights as you are having. They had slight water spots on the chrome so I decided to clean them out with water and achool. Turns out I got more spots than I started with so I had to open them up and clean by hand.
So maybe the impressions I've formed about the OEM chrome are wrong - you can actually rub ligthtly and clean/wipe dry? But both OEM and aftermarket might be scratched very easily - never to be made shiny again?
Thanks for bearing with me guys - I just want to get my mind right about this knowing that one mistake means a junk headlight assembly.